No Glastonbury this year, but there are lots of other festivals to keep you rocking and rolling all summer
Download (June 8-10)
More than 80,000 metalheads will descend on Donington Park in Leicestershire to mark Download Festival’s 10th anniversary. The highlight of the weekend will be Metallica, playing their iconic Black album in its entirety on the Saturday night. The boys from Black Sabbath have kissed and made up with Ozzy and they take to the main stage on Sunday night. Dance act The Prodigy headline the Friday night. Other bands to rock out to include Machinehead, Slash, Soundgarden and Megadeth
Rock Ness (June 8-12)
The shores of Loch Ness provide the perfect setting for Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons and Noah & the Whale. Sassenachs who want to join the party should book the RockNess Express. Leaving from Euston on June 7 (back on the 11th) it arrives in Inverness (via Birmingham, Derby, York and Newcastle). The train will have music, food and drink for £225 including a VIP ticket to Rock Ness.
The deal: Day tickets from £64, camping from £159
Hop Farm (June 29-July 1)
No sponsorship, no branding, no VIP areas. It’s all about the music at this Kent festival, something that Bob Dylan appreciates… this year he’ll be making his only UK festival appearance here. Also appearing are Bruce Forsyth and his big band, Joan Armatrading, Peter Gabriel, Patti Smith, The Stranglers and Billy Ocean. Free entry for kids under 12.
Womad (July 5-8)